No manual, but sharp pricing for entry VW hot hatch

Volkswagen has announced pricing and specs for the 2018 Polo GTI, with the dual-clutch hot-hatch to start from $30,990 before on-road costs when it arrives in August.

Power in the hot Polo comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, putting 147kW and 320Nm to the front wheels through a tricky electronic front differential. Not only is that the same amount of power as the Mark 5 Golf GTI, it's 40Nm more torque. Tasty.

As we confirmed last week, there will be no manual. Instead, buyers will get a six-speed dual-clutch transmission as their only option.

Standard equipment includes adaptive sports suspension, city-speed auto-emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring, tyre pressure warnings, a rear-view camera, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers.

Inside, you'll sit on sport seats trimmed in 'Clark' tartan trim, while the driver clasps a leather-trimmed steering wheel – equipped with paddle shifters, naturally.

An 8.0-inch 'Composition Media' infotainment system is standard, complete with two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone mirroring and a six-speaker stereo system.

There are a few options on offer, starting with the $1400 Driver Assistance package. It adds adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, park assist and Volkswagen's proactive occupant protection system to the mix.

The $1900 Sound & Vision package brings an Active Info Display for the driver, higher-spec Discover Media navigation system and a 300W Beats Audio sound system.

Finally, the $3900 Luxury package gives you 'Art Velour' upholstery, heated front seats, LED headlights and daytime-running lights, 18-inch 'Brescia' alloy wheels (17-inchers are standard), a panoramic sunroof and tinted rear glass. Metallic or pearlescent paint is a $500 option across the range.

The Polo GTI will be arriving in August.

2018 Volkswagen Polo pricing

  • 70TSI Trendline – $17,990/$20,490 (manual/DSG)
  • 85TSI Comfortline – $20,490/$22,990 (manual/DSG)
  • Launch Edition – $21,490/23,990 (manual/DSG)
  • Polo GTI – $30,990 (DSG)

70TSI, 85TSI and Launch Edition prices are drive-away, GTI is before on-roads.